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Counties’ concern over interim ECB chief executive Clare Connor after Tom Harrison’s resignation

Concerns over counties’ conflict of interest over ECB interim chief Clare Connor after Tom Harrison resigns…as former England captain is also MD of women’s cricket and chair of MCC

  • The ECB faces criticism for the appointment of Clare Connor as director
  • Connor has retained her position as managing director of women’s cricket.
  • She is also president of the MCC and is leading a locker room culture review.

The ECB is facing criticism from counties over the appointment of Clare Connor as interim chief executive, amid fears she may be compromised by conflicts of interest.

As well as being parachuted into the top job at Lord’s following the resignation of Tom Harrison, Connor has retained her position as managing director of women’s cricket.

She is also president of the MCC and is leading a review of locker room culture in men’s and women’s football following the Yorkshire racism scandal.

On top of that, the 45-year-old former England captain is chair of the ICC women’s committee.

Connor is a respected administrator who has played a major role in driving the growth of the women’s game since the ECB appointed her head of women’s cricket in 2008, but outside Lord’s there are concerns that she has too much on her plate.

ECB faces criticism from counties over Clare Connor appointment

ECB faces criticism from counties over Clare Connor appointment

Connor has been parachuted into the top job at Lord's following the resignation of Tom Harrison.

Connor has been parachuted into the top job at Lord’s following the resignation of Tom Harrison.

A county president said sports mail: ‘Clare is very capable, but the optics of her appointment are very poor.

“On the one hand, she is being asked to lead a governing body that is desperately trying to grow and diversify the sport, while in one of her many other roles she is president of the MCC, which is widely seen as an elitist institution. She doesn’t look good.

Others have questioned whether Connor should continue to lead the cultural review, which was launched in January as part of the ECB’s attempts to improve the experiences of ethnic minority players in light of the Azeem Rafiq affair.

Others have questioned whether Connor should continue to lead the cultural review in light of the Azeem Rafiq affair (pictured).

Others have questioned whether Connor should continue to lead the cultural review in light of the Azeem Rafiq affair (pictured).

The culture review will run throughout the summer, with Connor being asked to work with the 18 first-class counties and the players’ union to gain insight into locker room experiences.

“Many of us had concerns about Clare’s involvement in this process from the beginning, but her position is now untenable,” a county chief executive told Sportsmail.

‘How can he even claim to be an independent witness given that he now heads the ECB? And there are only so many hours in the day. It must be superhuman!

Julian Knight, chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee which has criticized the ECB for poor governance, also raised concerns.

“There are warning lights flashing on the dash,” he said. ‘I can understand these concerns about revising the culture, but the proof of the pudding will be in the eating.

“Will the review live up to expectations and ensure cricket becomes a properly inclusive sport?”

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